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Lot 198

Jack Kerouac's Personal Copy of "TISH," an Underground Poetry Newsletter

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Jack Kerouac's Personal Copy of "TISH," an Underground Poetry Newsletter


Jack Kerouac's Personal Copy of "TISH," an Underground Poetry Newsletter

A Poetry Monthly Newsletter, "TISH", published in Vancouver, B.C. These were mailed with this copy addressed to "Jack Kerouac Box 385, Northport, NY  USA". Postmarked "June 18, 1966. 8.5" x 14" with an outer blue cover, this appears to have gone through the mail folded and stapled along the edge. The lower area of the blue page (which would have been the back of the folded mailer), shows the artwork of a nude woman, with a comment on the first page that the cover drawing was done by "Walter Langdon". Contributers to this issue were by Dan Kasowitz, Judy Copithorne, Barry McKinnon, David McFadden. 

Conceived as a monthly “local” newsletter, Tish began to push poetic form farther. TISH: was founded in August 1961 by five young writers, George Bowering , Frank Davey, David Dawson, Jamie Reid, and Fred Wah, part of a larger group of UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA students who had been meeting over the past few years to discuss poetics with critic Warren Tallman and, that summer, with San Francisco Renaissance poet Robert Duncan. Among that larger group were future playwright Carol Bolt, critic Pauline Butling, short-fiction writer Gladys Hindmarch, film-maker Sam Perry, and poets Daphne Marlatt, Lionel Kearns, Maxine Gadd, Judith Copithorne, Robert Hogg, David Cull, and David Bromige. The "TISH" title came from pioneer ecologist Carl Sauer's discovery that fossilized human excrement could be a vivid index of a culture's diet and dietary practices, much like the group hoped their writings might be to CULTURE generally - and from a polite remixing of the common word's four letters. Critic George Fetherling has called TISH "Canada's most influential literary magazine," both because its low-overhead production model became that of numerous other POETRY magazines in the 1960s and 70s, and because its view that written poetry was the performance score of an ORAL art form became also widely accepted in following decades.

A fantastic piece from the Kerouac estate!

Provenance: estate certification stamp of John Sampas, executor of the Kerouac Estate. From John Shen-Sampas the son of John Sampas, who was the brother-in-law of Jack Kerouac, and the brother of Stella Kerouac, Jack's wife.

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